Oxley's Midnight Runners Talk, Release EP (part 1)

Cappytain's Log  May 1, 2014

Oi! the Boat has teamed up with Randale Records in Germany to release OXLEY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS debut EP entitled "We Are Legion".  While the Runners are a brand new band, the players should be familiar to any fan of American Oi! and street punk.  Today I decided to sit down with the band to talk about where they're going and where they've been.  So, here we go:


OTB:  I’ve listened to music produced by all of you for over half of my life.  OXLEY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS have each played with bands known by many of us that listen to good music: 90 PROOF, FATSKINS, RANCID, THE OLD FIRM CASUALS... Can you tell me a bit about OMR’s members history with these bands? And, were any of you fans of each other’s other bands in the past?

Lars:  First,  OXLEY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS is Mike on vocals, Jeff on Drums and vocals, Dave on Bass and Lars on Guitar.  I was a big fan of the FATSKINS when I first heard them. 

 “Thinkin’ Like a Fatskin” was one of my favorite albums when it came out.  It’s still solid today.  90 PROOF is another great band- if I remember correctly, I heard them for the first time on the split they did with the TEMPLARS.


Dave:  Mike, Jeff and I have known each other and been friends for 25 years.  I was and still am a fan of thier bands.  Mike has asked me over the years to sing parts of songs with the FATSKINS, and it has always been my pleasure.  I have gotten the opportunity to sing with Mike on 3 tracks.  I got to sing backup vocals with Jeff on the 90 PROOF recordings.  I have been a long time fan of RANCID, and really like THE OLD FIRM CASUALS.  

Jeff:  So for me, the only time I heard stuff Lars was doing was through my daughter, who is a fan.  I used to be in the Army and was stationed in El Paso TX back in 93-95.  This was when we did the 90 PROOF stuff.  I sang. We recorded a number of songs, released an EP on One by One Records out of France and appeared on a few compilations:  Super Yobs II on Vulture Rock, Oi! We Are the Bois!, Oi! it’s a World Invasion II. Dave actually sang back up vocals on all those songs, too. I started 90 Proof Records and released the EP Lars mentioned along with a FATSKINS / OPPRESSED split EP and the FATSKINS / PATRIOT one too.  Mike was gracious enough to use some lyrics I wrote about him and I on the first FATSKINS CD.  The three of us go way back. Mike, Dave and I were all in BOOT PARTY immediately post high school (I think Dave was a Senior).  Dave played bass, I was Drumming, and Mike was on vocals, of course.  We recorded 3 songs- but never released anything.  

 

OTB:  I bought all of those 90 Proof Records releases new in the 90’s and that FATSKINS CD when it came out too.  Luckily, I think I still have all of them! I never really put a value on CD's like I do vinyl, but somehow the Thinkin’ Like a Fatskin disc has survived in my collection over the years!  So, Boot Party- no relation to the Fresno or South Carolina BOOT PARTY then?


Jeff: No relation. We actually used that name at least 2-3 years before they formed.  


Mike: Yeah, no relation at all. This was way back in what, ’91 or ’92? With Jeff, Dave and I being from the same hometown we always supported what the other did. It was good times doing our BOOTPARTY band way back then 

and I’m happy as hell that we’re all working together in another band with Lars. The first time I heard OLD FIRM CASUALS I was actually over at Dave’s house. I was impressed with what I heard and couldn’t be happier to be working with all three of them! Never was a RANCID fan but I honestly never 

really gave em much of a chance. After Lars and I first decided to do this I picked up everything in their discography and they’ve done some good shit over the years for sure. They’re also one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen, no bullshit.

OTB:  At the time many of us assumed that anything that we learned about through channels other than duped tapes, zines or in basements and backyards was probably not worth checking out.  RANCID gained the attention of the outside world, which sort of put them outside of the view of a lot of us that were geographically far enough away that their name was made known to us through the wrong channels.  BUT they were actually making really solid punk and zero compromises.  Luckily, I had run across Lars and Tim talking in an interview about their influences- which were a lot of Oi! bands that we were listening to.  In landlocked pre-internet-fly-over country, stuff like BLITZ, LAST RESORT, SPARRER, SHAM, etc, were like secret passwords that'd quickly get you admitted to our circle.  Knowledge of them would definitely get you a place to crash.  Seeing Tim and Lars mention these bands as influences was an instant in with me.  Once I checked them out, I loved them and still do.  I agree, they are great live.  Lars is a machine- there's a reason that so many people want him on the stage.  So, in short, I've been a fan of the bands all of you have been part of for a very long time.  I'm excited for this release and for you as a band!






OTB: So, now that we know where you all were  in days of BYOFL and postcards and the time since, lets talk about today:  OXLEY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS-  How did the band come about?


Lars:  Me and Mike both did guest vocals on a song called Valhalla Bound by a band called Bricktop a few years back.  We both sent emails to each other saying that we liked what the other did with the song.  We first met in person on a tour that we did together.  We became fast friends and stayed in touch.  During one of our phone calls a few weeks after the tour ended, I asked Mike what he was doing musically at the moment.  He told me he wasn’t doing much.  I told him that that was unacceptable and said that we should do a band together.  We bounced around a few line-up ideas. 


Mike:  I accepted and we bounced around some different lineups. When the dust settled it was Dave and Jeff and I personally couldn’t be happier! 


Lars:   Once we got Jeff and Dave aboard, it’s as if we’ve been a band for years.


OTB:  How does songwriting work, so far, in OMR?


Dave: The nice thing about this band is that everyone brings something to the table.  We all work very well together.


Lars:  We all contribute with the way the music ends up, so I would say it’s a group effort from start to finish.  I had a few riffs that I brought in and Dave had the chorus bass line of We Are Legion.  We would all sit around and put them together.  So, basically, we would just build a song around those rough ideas.  Mike and Jeff put lyrics to them  Everyone in the band is accomplished, in their own right, so there are no egos, at all.  Like a band should be.


 Mike: It’s definitely a group effort. Everybody had some sort of input or another. Lars has vision like nobody I’ve ever worked with and the fucking intensity to go with it. 


(Continued below and at Part Duex )


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Posted on May 2nd, 2014
OTB: like I said; machine. (OMR interview, part duex)

Mike: We’ve all got great chemistry though and it works really well. Jeff does the smart lyrics; I do the dumber, knuckle dragging ones. HAHA! We all give input on everything though.

OTB:  We need both! The lyrics on your debut EP look like they are written by a band that has bit of interest in history and themes that seem to repeat themselves throughout history.  I've read a bit about some of those mentioned in "Spear of Destiny" after finding them among my ancestors while researching my own family history.  How did you become interested in this facet of history?

Jeff: Mike wrote Nation of Hate, which is brilliant, and I wrote the other two. I'm a bit of a history nerd, so writing about that stuff is fun to me. Those lyrics are a lot shorter now as we had to crunch to fit the structure of the song. I also have an interest in spirituality and thoughts associated with that, which is where We Are Legion was born. 

OTB:  Any plans for future releases?

Mike:  We’re split up all over the country so it makes it tough to sync up schedules sometimes. We’re gonna be at this for a long time to come though.  

Lars: We are gonna try and record a ton when we can.  We wanna put out a lot of music.  Make no mistake, this is not a side project- It’s a real band!

Dave: We plan on many future releases, in fact recording again in July!!

OTB:  Good to hear!  What's on the radar for live appearances or touring in OMR’s future?  Where would you most like to play?

Dave:  We do plan on playing shows, but not for a while.  

Lars Once we get enough songs to do a live set, we will play some shows.  So, to answer the question- we have nothing booked as of now.  We will let people know when it happens.  You can count on it. 

Dave:  There has been talk about going to Europe someday and hitting different spots in the states.  It's hard to tell how it will pan out.  We all have families and full time jobs that make things a little difficult, but not impossible.Mike: Mike: ...we’re gonna play everywhere that will have us. Touring might be tough, but one off shows are definitely going to be a go!

OTB: Everyone here started playing punk and Oi! music in their teens or early 20s. You've gathered more life experience since the time you started your first band than you had prior. Surely, something has been learned since then. Based on that, what sort of advice would you give teenage you, or a kid coming up?


Lars:  Pay no mind to critics.  Do what you wanna do, follow you’re heart and most importantly: Fuck em all!

Dave: I would say to teenage kids, always do your best, no matter what it is.  Live positively and positive things will happen.  Stay outta the mess that got all of us in trouble when we were young.  We were lucky to make it out alive with some of our experiences, kids these days may not be so lucky. Make sure to take care of your family and friends and enjoy the ride!!


Thanks OXLEY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS,  Max, Diana and I are excited to be part of your debut release and looking forward to next weeks preorder of your EP here at Oi! the Boat and at Randale Records!  Talk to you soon!






-Joe E. Theboat, Co-Cappytain / Oi! the Boat

Posted on May 2nd, 2014
OXLEYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS

Oi! the Boat and Randale Records are proud to offer this highly anticipated debut release from OXLEY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS   Featuring Mike from the Fatskins, Dave and Jeff from 90 Proof, and Lars from the Old Firm Casuals/Rancid- this 7" offers three tracks of brilliantly understated American Oi! that will command center stage on your turntable's rotation. 

The songs are as poignant as they are catchy, "Nation of Hate" laments the socio-economic apathy turned tacit cruelty in modern society. "Spear of Destiny" is centered on the mythical 'holy lance.' The focus is not only the lore affixed to holy relics, but the atrocities that humanity have been compelled to carry out under the veil of their significance. The record closes on the AA side with the title track, "We Are Legion," a song with chilling guitars and a big beat that demands the the listener to look into the darker parts of humanity and themselves. The title track draws deep on the stark disparities of the human condition and will leave everyone who hears it screaming, "WE ARE LEGION!"

  • Stay tuned- Our own Co-Cappytain Joe E. TheBoat will be having a chat with the Runners right here, and soon!
  • Stay tuned- Our own Co-Cappytain Joe E. TheBoat will be having a chat with the Runners right here, and soon!
  • Stay tuned- Our own Co-Cappytain Joe E. TheBoat will be having a chat with the Runners right here, and soon!
  • Stay tuned- Our own Co-Cappytain Joe E. TheBoat will be having a chat with the Runners right here, and soon!
  • Stay tuned- Our own Co-Cappytain Joe E. TheBoat will be having a chat with the Runners right here, and soon!


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